Descendants of George Tankersley of Caroline Co VA

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George (1George, 0Research) Tankersley, Sr. of Caroline County, Virginia

Research Note: The George Tankersley who married Dorothy Roy was reportedly born in 1726 in King George Co VA. George's date of birth may be incorrect; as he would have been forty-years-old at the time of his marriage, over sixty at the birth of his last child and eighty at the time of his death.

George Tankersley, Sr. [#2] was born in 1726 in Prince George Co VA. And, George grew up in a wealthy household; as his parents were the recipients of the bulk of Grandfather Henry Long's estate in King George county.

George Tankersley [#1], father of George, Sr., was the first Tankersley to operate the ferry to Dogue Creek on the Prince George side of the river. In 1767 at Port Royal, Caroline Co VA, George, Sr. [#2] married Dorothy Roy b. 1743 in Caroline Co VA.

Research Note: The Roys are important because the original function of the ferry at Taliaferro's Mound was to service the Roy's tobacco warehouse. From Colonial Caroline (p. 175), we learn that the Roy family actually owned the tobacco warehouse, wharf and ferry across the Rappahannock. Their ownership and control of these utilities was described as "the Roy family's stranglehold on public services and utilities in the vicinity of Port Royal."

George Tankersley, Sr. [#2] is important to this research; as he was the father-in-law of John Lewis of Caroline Co VA. He operated the ferry over the Rappahannock River at "the Mount" near the Lewis plantation, succeeding his father, George Tankersley [#1], who succeeded William Taliaferro. William Taliaferro had been a magistrate of Caroline in 1735. George Tankersley [#1] was a vestryman (1723-57) of Hanover Parish, King George, and a tobacco inspector at John Moore's tobacco warehouse opposite Port Royal on the Prince George side of the river.

A reported record from Caroline Co VA states that the "estate of George Tankersley [#2] went to Kentucky in 1806." Based on this report, George's date of death can be set at 1806. By 1810, widow Dorothy Tankersley is found in Washington Co VA along with some of her children. Dorothy is next found at her family home in Washington Co VA in 1820 where son George, Jr. [#3] is listed as head of household. Dorothy died in 1833 in Washington Co VA.

Item: I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter Mary Tankersley and her husband George Tankersley all my land to them and the heirs of her body forever.
- I do make ordain and appoint George Tankersley and Mary his now wife my whole and sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament and do give all the rest of my Estate Negroes, Goods, Chattells and all other comodities that shall be termed or called my estate
- and I do order and desire that none of my estate should be appraised.
- In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this twenty third day of December One thousand Seven hundred and thirty two.
His******Henry [H] Long *Seal* Mark ******
Signed Sealed & Delivered in the presence of us Samuel Wharton, Robt Johnson, Rich. Tankersley.
King George County, Virginia Deed Book 5, p. 732:
This indenture witnesseth that Hayward Todd son of Hayward Todd deceased of parish of Overwahrton and county Stafford doth of his own free will and approbation of his guardian William Rowley Gent bind himself an apprentice to Reuben Berry Joiner of Parish of Hanover in County in King George. during term of eight years or till he arrive to age twenty one expiration of term to pay said Hayward the legal freed dues.
Presence George Tankersley, William Rowley, Benjamin Berry, Reuben Berry
At a court held 5th May 1768...Hayward Todd is bound an apprentice ..... admitted to record.
Halifax Co VA Land Patents (40), p. 647:
Jun 20, 1772, George Tankersley and Dorothy his wife, 400 acres on both sides of Roys Creek.

Halifax Co VA Land Patents (40), p. 648:
Jun 20, 1772, George Tankersley and Dorothy his wife, 190 acres on both sides of two branches between Reuben Roy dec'd and Mortons lines.

King George Co VA Will Book 2, p. 27:
Last Will and Testament of Mary Tankersley
I Mary [Long] Tankersley of the Parish of Hanover in the County of King George Widow. . .do make this my last will and Testament in manner following. . .I give to my son Reubin. . .to my son George. . .to my son John. . .to my daughter Dorcas. . .to my Grand daughter Sarah, the child of my daughter Dorcas. . .to my daughter Sarah McWilliams. . .my Grand daughter Mary McWilliams. . . ..
I give to my daughter Mary Murdock. . .to my Grand daughter Sarah Murdock. . .to my Grand daughter Jane Murdock. . . .
In testimony whereof I have hereunto put my hand & seale the first day of May 1773. Item I appoint my Sons George and John Executors of this my will.
Signed, Sealed Published and declared in Presence of Mary Tankersley; ALEXANDER ROSE, Charles Burton
Males  Born
# Tankersley  Females Born
# Tankersley
45+   45+   1 Dorothy
25-44 1765 25-44 1765 1 Lucy
16-25 1785 2 William
John Hutchings
16-25 1785 1 Ann Hutchings
10-15 1795 0 10-15 1795 1 Unknown
to-10 1800 0 to-10 1800 0
Males Born After


Tankersley Females Born After # Tankersley
45+       45+   1 Dorothy
25-44 1775  1 George, Jr. 25-44 1775  2 Mary Jane
18-25 1795     16-25 1795  0  
16-18 1802    
10-15 1805     10-15 1805  0  
to 10 1810     to 10 1810  0  


    1. Ann Fox Tankersley

    2. Lucy Tankersley

    3. Elizabeth F. Tankersley

    4. John Roy Tankersley

    5. George Tankersley, Jr.

    6. Mary Jane Tankersley

    7. Caroline Matilda Tankersley

    8. William Tankersley

    9. Dorothy Tankersley


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